HHGS LOCAL RULE – RED ANTS
It is relatively common to encounter red ants on courses in Thailand when a ball is hit off line into rough/trees. Whilst not a threat to life red ants certainly do make difficult if not impossible to set up for and play a measured stroke.
Therefore HHGS ‘s committee have decided to introduce a local rule for HHGS events whereby relief may be taken where red ants are encountered by following the following process: –
1) If a player identifies red ants in or around the immediate area of where the ball lies relief MAY BE AVAILABLE if the player wishes PROVIDED the player calls over a fellow competitor (usually the marker of the player) and that fellow competitor agrees that the red ants prevent the player from setting up and/or playing the stroke without disruption.
2) If relief is agreed as allowable then the player AND the fellow competitor/marker shall identify and agree upon a drop being taken without penalty at the nearest point of relief (I.e. where there are no red ants) no nearer to the hole.
3) Relief shall be taken within 1 club length (the club length may be measured by use the longest club in a players bag and shall be marked by tees) from the point of nearest relief by dropping the ball from knee height – once the ball has been dropped it shall be in play unless the ball when dropped rolls either nearer the hole or beyond one club length. If the ball does so roll the drop shall be repeated and if the ball again rolls beyond acceptable limits it shall be placed at the spot of the drop itself.
Playing Different Tee Boxes
As you all know we now have a handicapping system – using the WHS approaches – that allows us to calculate individual playing handicaps for each course and each tee box of each course. This allows individual golfers to nominate which tee box on which course they wish to play on the day. However after lengthy discussions we have decided to introduce one basic constraint to be applied to Men in this situation.
For handicapping and daily prizes a male golfer can only elect to play from the red tees where they have a playing handicap of 28 or greater. If a male golfer with a handicap of less than 28 still elects to play from the red tees that golfer will not be eligible for any prizes (2’s, Near Pins, daily Stableford or Medal) and the score will not be used for handicapping purposes.
World Handicapping System